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Sunday, October 14, 2007

Beebe: Too tricky by half

Posted By on Sun, Oct 14, 2007 at 7:42 AM

Gov. Mike Beebe has moved in the right direction on the gay haters' initiatived act -- he says he'll vote against it -- but Brummett writes that a more principled, less political stance would make it harder to draw comparisons between Beebe and another overly political governor name of Faubus.

It would be so much easier for Beebe to say this: "I agree with pediatricians and social services officials who say we shouldn't arbitrarily remove a whole class of people as a resource for needy children, of which we have far too many in Arkansas. To make a blanket statement that gay people are unfit for parenting, whether foster or adoptive, is simply wrong. It's discriminatory to them and insensitive to children. So I'm opposed to this initiated act and confident that our state agencies and courts can handle all these matters with case-by-case flexibility, and I will do what I can to see the proposal defeated."

If he got beat over that, it would be to his credit and our shame, of which we've incurred more than our share.

What he said.

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